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Questions tagged [usage]

For questions about how certain words, phrases or grammatical aspects are typically used.

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Can I say “Here are the celebrity SAT scores you are looking for, up to 80 rows of data.”?

I want to say that I have found 80 celebrities' SAT score information for my boss. Can I say this? Here are the celebrity SAT scores you are looking for, up to 80 rows of data. Thanks
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What is the appropriate timing of the language function parting expression GOOD NIGHT?

When can one greet using the parting expression GOOD NIGHT? can one use it while parting at day time. Plz reflect
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Usage and grammar of 'be to'

I just came across a passage about Sir Winston Churchill on the Internet. He was to spend most of the next four years of his life with the Regiment in Bangalore and the North West Frontier in ...
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How to speak english fluently [closed]

I am here to share one of my personal problem with you. I am not a native English speaker. I learn to read how to read or write in English. I am not very fluent in english. Sometime people ask me ...
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Subject/verb agreement for [closed]

Which one is correct? A series of policies across the DoD and Federal Government has/have been developed.
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Each of the actors did their part well [duplicate]

Can anybody help me ? Which is correct ? Each of the actors did their part well. or Each of the actors did his part well. Thanks in advance.
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Downtown vs the downtown

1. My house is 3 km away from downtown Alexandria. 2. I live in Alexandria. My house is 3 km away from (the) downtown. Dictionaries list downtown as an adjective, adverb and noun. And so the two ...
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“Come” vs “come on”-“The bus should come on in at any minute.”Is it idiomatic to use “come” to talk about something that's going to happen?

I know I can say The streetlights come on automatically at dusk. Now suppose that you and your friend have been waiting for a bus for a while. And you turn and say The bus should come on at any ...
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Why two names for the headset which we use?

The headset which is used for listening why it is called EARPHONE and AIRPHONE both?
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What is your para? [duplicate]

To know a person's number or order among his /her siblings can this question be asked or is there any alternate? What is your para?
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While talking and describing a person, can we use the phrase “our own ”

Can one use the phrase "our own" while describing a person or a place. For example: Our own Charles Dickens has written novels on industrial revolution. Or Our own Mr. Gandhi is a symbol of ...
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'Kiss rocks'? Why would anyone want to kiss rocks?

A joke from “Buffy” (S3E6): A huge inscription is spray-painted on the lockers “Kiss rocks”. Willow says: “ "Kiss rocks"? Why would anyone want to kiss... Oh, wait. I get it.” Well, I don’t get ...
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“in months” in place of “for months” on BBC web site. Is it correct?

I have been reading some news on the BBC web page (at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37935357), which is about people migrating illegally into USA. And the text of the news has the ...
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Latin letters VS English letters

How do you likely to say for non-English speaker to use letters from the English alphabet (e.g. to write down something or to create a nickname)? Do you say use Latin letters or English letters?
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Do we say “A movie of Tarantino's” or “A movie of Tarantino”?

What do i say when i want to mean the same as i would mean by saying "The movie of his"? "Big bat of his", "Good looking face of hers" etc... Should i say "Big bat of the guy's" and "Good looking ...
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Correct usage of en-dash/em-dash in this example

Just when you thought the world had suffered enough in 2017, Mother Nature decided it hadn’t – brewing from 25 August, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, struck the southern area of the United ...
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can I say 'make ones nostrils bigger' or 'stretch ones nostrils'?

Not a native speaker but my language has a word for this. If I were to define the verb can I say 'to stretch ones nostrils?' How about 'to make ones nostrils [seem] bigger?' Or in a sentence, can I ...
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“Plateau around 200k salary” is this correct usage of the word Plateau?

I don't know where I first heard the word plateau used in a context to imply that the rate of growth decelerates and stops at X. I think it was in a Machine learning class(mathematics class) taught by ...
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The meaning of “ the + N ”

I have a question about basic English usage. It would be very grateful if you could think about the question one time. Nouns have two different forms, singular form and plural form as all English ...
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Care from? How is it different from care for and care about?

Buffy: I don't care from private! I care from dead guys attacking us. I care from you Lost Weekending in your apartment. (The Dark Age episode) It occurs around 27:10. Here is a copy of the ...
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Children must, should, have to or ought to go to school? [closed]

Took a test at WWW.SPEAK-UP.COM.UA. One of the questions was: CHILDREN ..... GO TO SCHOOL. must should have to - CORRECT ought to What's the difference? Can other variants be considered ...
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“How far is __ important?”

“How far is X important?” Does such a question of the above form mean: A) Why is X important/unimportant? or: B) Is X important in reality? or could it be interpreted both ways? For ...
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How to properly refer to positions near the coast?

Can I say the red circle is "on the coast" or this is reserved just for the case of the green one? What about saying the red circle is "off the coast"? But in case is it correct, how can I distinguish ...
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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can see someone is doing or can see someone doing? Are both the same?

is it the same to put "I can see he is jumping on his bed" and "I can see him jumping on his bed"? I need to use the first one in a picture description. Can I use it? Would that not sound strange to ...
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How to express something that is happening in the future

If something is being written in the past tense, is it correct to say: He was graduating high school in June and entering college in August? How should it be stated?
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Some questions about “It has never been easier”

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/it-has-never-been-easier I know the phrase of the title means that the thing is now easy. But,can this writing structure be used for other adjectives? For example ...
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Who is this vs who is calling-telephone

What is the difference between "who is this?" and "who is calling?" when we answer to the telephone? Is the second one more polite than the first one? Lastly, is there any difference between AmE and ...
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“Whose car is this red one?” vs “whose red car is this?”

I would like to know if it's OK to add a descriptive phrase between whose and the thing owned, i.e, car: Whose amazingly painted white house is this? Whose red car is this? Do these sound OK? ...
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About “touch base” and its usage

I would like to inquire about the following points related to "touch base": Is "touch base" an idiom? Is it formal or informal? For example, in a work environment when the boss say to his employee: I ...
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“should have to” usage

I've been noticing that "should have to" is used much more often in formal English than "need" in affirmative sentences and "am/is/are to" in interrogative sentences. Is it because it implies a ...
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different ways of using “yet” seem a bit confusing to me

I always struggle with the following and am seeking some clarity - Is there ANY difference or are they IDENTICAL in meaning I have yet to find that ... I have not yet found that ... I have ...
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Inversion in affirmative sentences

The Guardian has recently published an interview with Kurt Volker, who stated that: “We can have a conversation with Ukraine like we would with any other country about what do they need.” Source ...
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“The other + noun” vs “All the other + noun”

What's the difference between "the other + noun" vs "all the other + noun" in the following sentence? John is smarter than the other students in the class. John is smarter than all the other students ...
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Using “quick” instead of “quickly” in this case

When I express a desire for a certain happening to transpire as soon as possible can I say May that moment come quick! or should I still stick to May that moment come quickly! ?
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“To be appalled” vs. “Who feel appalled”

Today while reading a news regarding Serena Williams' cat suit ban, I came across this sentence: We aren't the only ones to be completely appalled at the news of the cat suit ban. I am confused ...
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When you get emotional and reduplicate your adjectives

It's not something I've seen in a textbook or any description of English grammar (these are always by necessity incomplete, so I do not trust them to describe the whole language in its fulness). But ...
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Kindly for closing email! [closed]

I would like to inquire about the usage of word "kindly" to close an email instead of "best", "sincerely" or ....etc. Can the word "kindly" be used to close an email, for example: Hi Matt, I ...
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“How many minutes are left to LA?” vs “How many minutes are left to get to LA?”

Are these sentences correct and interchangeable? "How many minutes are left to LA?" "How many minutes are left to get to LA?" Context: Let's say I am on a bus that goes to Los Angeles and I wonder ...
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Are “academic” and “academical” completely equivalents? What about “academically”? (vs. “scholar”, “scholarly”)

I would like to know how "academical" compare to "academic", and, since we're here, how they both compare to "scholar". Also, there are two adjectives ("academic" and "academical") but only one ...
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help me understand “off” when it comes to phrasal verb , thank in advance

I have seen those words on the internet Based off.... Better off... I thought "off" meaning get away from something but why does "off" mean quite not the way I thought
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What is the right way of asking someone to give a more detailed explanation of what he just said (or wrote)?

I was told something and now I want to get a more detailed explanation of what the person just said (or wrote). For example, the person wrote to me: The key difference between the two definitions ...
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How to express the order of running program?

Start program B after program A is over. Start program B after program A finished. Which one or other not mentioned here is the best way to express my meaning?
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Are “straw man” and “scarecrow” interchangeable when referring to the humanoid?

The humanoid in question is the following object: It's basically a straw man used to scare crow. So I think both straw man and scarecrow are valid names for it. However, the dictionary says straw man ...
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transitive verb “is focused on”

Now the state’s intervention on occupational exercises is mainly focused on operating the occupational license system, banning illegal activities and doing a secondary function to help the ...
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The phrase “bundle of nerves” [closed]

I heard one people saying to another: But now he is a bundle of nerves, he can not perform this particular task. Does the phrase have any meaning at all? Is the phrase safe to use without hurting ...
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Ground for dropping the article the

"The input activates this innate structure, but only input of a very specific kind (i + 1) will be useful in altering a learner’s grammar." What is the ground for omitting the article "the" before ...
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Can we drop “just” in the sentences like “I took my umbrella just in case.”?

As far as I know, in the sentences like "I took my umbrella just in case it rains", we can drop "just", so: "I took my umbrella just in case it rains" and: "I took my umbrella in case it rains" ...
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'for a time' / 'for the time being' interchangeable?

Is there any difference between 'for a time' and 'for the time being'? Are they always interchangeable?
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function of 'As' in this sentence

Chosen not as much for his charm, or lack thereof, as for his minatory appearance, the singer's bodyguard proved to be an effective deterrent for many autograph-seekers. What is the role of 'as' in ...